Baha'i Community of Port Moody
Month of Núr/Light 177 BE June 5 – June 23, 2020 Vol. 14, No. 05
Inside this issue:
Verily I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One. The Call of God hath been raised, and the light of His countenance hath been lifted up upon men. It behoveth every man to blot out the trace of every idle word from the tablet of his heart, and to gaze, with an open and unbiased mind, on the signs of His Revelation, the proofs of His Mission, and the tokens of His glory.
Feast of Light
Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Zoom (please check email for
Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly
Officers Elected by LSA for 2020-2021
Chair: Bahram Gustaspi
Vice Chair: Anusha Ahmadi
Treasurer: Yasha Khatamian
Secretary: Ramin Seifi
Photo of Last LSA Meeting Before COVID-19 Mandatory Social Distancing
2020-21 Feast and Holy Day Schedule
Kindly review the attached schedule for our community's Feasts and Holy Days for the coming year, and consider offering your home to host, or otherwise assisting in anyway you may be able to.
If you have any questions about the neighbourhood feast you should attend, or have any other questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Assembly Secretary at 604-340-5266.
With loving greetings,
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Port Moody
Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly
Message from the Regional Schools Coordinating Committee
Virtual Summer School in British Columbia
Certainly these times come with new challenges and opportunities in every area of our community life! That said, due to the current health crisis, we write to inform you we must cancel all three physical summer schools for the 2020 season. Thompson Nicola, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island schools will no longer be able to occur as previously advertised.
However, studying the March 16th letter from our National Spiritual Assembly and the Naw Ruz letter from the Universal House of Justice inspired us to consider creative ways to still offer a summer school experience; to provide an opportunity for a unique space in support of your work for the Plan, where whole families can sweeten their days through connecting with the Teachings we so love.
We're excited to share a Virtual Summer School is being organized through the combined efforts of members from all three schools' volunteer Coordinating teams! Our common goal is to deliver a multi-platformed and engaging online school in late July or early August based on the theme: Following in the Footsteps of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Be sure to visit the Baha'i Schools website (link below) and BC Baha'i Schools Facebook page for updates in the weeks to come as we prepare to share the new program.
We enthusiastically invite each of you to plan to 'come to summer school' with your family and friends! Please share this news broadly across your community with every soul who might wish to partake of its fruit.
With loving greetings,
Regional Schools Coordinating Committee
(A Committee of the Baha'i Council of British Columbia)
Jackie Enfield, Secretary
Message From The Regional Baha'i Council
Fund Contribution Highlights
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
With most loving greetings to every member of the Community of the Greatest Name residing in British Columbia. At this time of observing the King of Festivals, the Bahá’í Council wholeheartedly urges every believer to study the Ridván Message from the Universal House of Justice, along with the call to action during this special holy period from our beloved National Spiritual Assembly.
As we near the end of the regional fiscal year, we wish to share a few highlights of funds contributed from the friends in British Columbia:
Earmarked Contributions $ 2,518,939.76
Construction of the Shrine of 'Abdu'l-Bahá $ 743,650.14
The Regional Bahá’í Council $ 411,753.84
Deputization (for the youth service strategy) $ 214,740.42
Cluster Support $ 50,290.61
Major Expense Categories
Training Institute-related operations ($ 205,300)
Deputization (for the youth service strategy) ($ 232,721)
Cluster Support ($ 81,201.73)
We celebrate, too, the many, sacrificial efforts of friends and communities responding to the demands of growth: in giving their time, providing nourishment, transportation and materials, opening their homes to name a few. And, that local institutions and agencies continue as channels for the wise allocation of resources supporting growth at the local and cluster levels.
Aware that many believers are carefully evaluating their economic circumstances due to conditions imposed by COVID-19, we tenderly draw your attention to the essential need to safeguard the Lifeblood of the Cause – the Funds of the Faith – without which the progress of the Cause will surely be hampered.
In this spirit, we are pleased to share three additional documents: annual reports prepared by the Bahá’í Council and Institute Board of BC and Yukon for the National Assembly, and a report from the Institute Board about the flow of funds that support development of the training institute.
Dearly loved friends, the Bahá’í Council has each soul in its ardent prayers that Bahá'u'lláh may surround the believers and the friends of God with His Mighty wings of salvation and protection. In all things, we invite your creative endeavour under every circumstance to persist and press on in ensuring that the Faith of God has both the spiritual and material means that it will need for welcoming the masses into its wide embrace.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Bahá’í Council of British Columbia
Susan Ardekany, Secretary
Vancouver Baha'i Bookstore Update
In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and concern for the health and well-being of the staff and customers, the Vancouver Bahá’í Bookstore is closed until further notice. Bookstore orders will still be accepted by the Bookstore Manager via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org with payment and pick-up being arranged accordingly. This will allow for online core activities and deepening to continue to gain momentum, particularly during this upcoming expansion phase.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Sarvenaz Amanat, Secretary
The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Vancouver
Message from the Universal House of Justice
Latest (May 2020) message
Core Activities in Port Moody
Grade 1 run by Parham Ebrahimi
Saturdays at 10:30 am, rotating residences
Grade 2 run by Anusha Ahmadi
Sundays at 10:30 am, Anusha's home
Junior Youth Groups
Spirit of the Faith animated by Sahaab Moffedi and Hamed Mahdi (all JYs are from Coquitlam)
Walking the Straight Path animated by Dana Sabeti
Book 3, Nouran Rahmanian
Book 5, Sourna Vafadary
Book 7, Elham Sabeti
Book 8 Unit 2, Negin Etemadi
Book 9, Yasha Khatamian
Book 9 Unit 2, Bahram Gustaspi
TORONTO, ONTARIO, 14 MAY 2020
When schools closed in mid-March, the team behind the Illumine Media Project began to think about how they could nurture meaningful conversations among adolescent-aged youth. They quickly began to organize online screenings of episodes in their series, “How We Grow,” followed by facilitated discussion about the themes of the episodes.
It was produced in a collaborative, community-based process that engages young people in creating narratives and media reflective of their social reality and spiritual aspirations. The project is inspired by the teachings and principles of the Baha’i Faith.
Bahá'í World Centre staffing needs
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
We have been asked to share with you the following message from the Office of Personnel at the Bahá'í World Center regarding opportunities to serve there. It is hoped that you will distribute it as widely as possible.
"As the vital work of the Cause unfolds in every part of the world, the effective functioning of the Bahá'í World Centre takes on added significance. The World Centre of the Faith—described by Shoghi Effendi as the "pivot of the agencies of the New World Order"—is supported by a flow of believers from a diversity of countries and occupations who arise selflessly to offer a period of service, of varying length, in the Holy Land. The staffing needs at the World Centre are continually changing in light of the evolving demands and resources. At any given time, there are roles to be filled which require particular competencies or specialized training, and others that simply require a readiness to learn about one's specific assignment. Due to the nature of service at the World Centre, the essential requirements include an ability to offer 12 months or more and a basic proficiency of English.
"Anyone interested in learning more about the possibility of offering a period of service at the World Centre is encouraged to contact the Office of Personnel at email@example.com. Offers of service can also be submitted directly at https://bahai.bwc.org/service/.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Joo Jong Kung, Secretary-Aide
For more international news, please visit https://news.bahai.org/
Until further notice, all Feasts will be held via Zoom. Please keep an eye out for emails from the Local Spiritual Assembly for further information as each Feast approaches.